Recent News and Articles

SBAIC welcomes 9 new members at August 2015 member meeting

Aug 4, 2015
Janel Poche, Juarez & Associates (Membership Committee Co-Chair)

SBAIC is pleased to welcome 9 new members at our August 4th Member Meeting, including five new full members and four new associate members listed below. Full members are for-profit U.S. small businesses in good standing with USAID contract history. Associate members are for-profit U.S. small businesses in good standing...

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Countering Violent Extremism: How the Latin American Experience in Violence Prevention Can Inform the Development Response to VE in the Middle East and Beyond

Jul 20, 2015
Natalie Shemwell, SSG Advisor Project Analyst CVE Africa/Middle East & Ned Littlefield, SSG Advisor Project Analyst CARSI/State Department

At a recent White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, President Obama framed the challenge facing the global community: “When people -- especially young people -- feel entirely trapped in impoverished communities, where there is no order and no path for advancement, where there are no educational opportunities,...

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Peace Building through Sustainable Tourism in Eastern Sri Lanka

Jul 20, 2015
Natalie Sellier, Solimar International

Long stretches of golden beaches, mysterious wildlife, fragrant tea and magnificent ancient temples come to mind when one thinks of Sri Lanka. If we were to find an adjective, diversity is high on the list. Sri Lanka is well known for its versatile landscapes, rich biodiversity and unique cultures. The country is home to...

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Enhancing Good Governance in Adjara, Georgia

Jul 20, 2015
By: Aleksi Aleksishvili, Chairman & CEO, Policy and Management Consulting Group (PMCG)

Well-functioning public finance management is a key element of democracy and good governance in a given country, creating grounds for a transparent, accountable and efficient state. Over the last 7 years, the Policy and Management Consulting Group (PMCG) has been actively working with government institutions at all levels...

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Prioritizing Environmental and Social Impact Mitigation Actions - An Evolving Response Strategy

Jul 20, 2015
Jane Obbagy, Obbagy Consulting

Obbagy Consulting provides USAID and DCHA with technical assistance to develop risk based response strategies in countries that are vulnerable to conflict. The assistance focuses on developing a prioritized set of actions to mitigate environmental and social impacts that may contribute to further instability and decreased...

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NEXUS: Democracy, Community Development and Economic Growth

Jul 17, 2015
Tom England, Mendez England & Associates President

Central to the approach of USAID’s Democracy Center is the premise that without a strong legal framework and institutions that promote democracy and civil society in place, development efforts will not be sustainable over time without continued donor assistance. Although building these institutions are indeed of...

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